Complementary Medicine Holistic Health Terms Defined Allopathy
Allopathy:Complementary and alternative medicine terms defined. Holistic health theories defined.
Allopathy Modern allopathic medicine heals with the use of agents such as drugs or surgery. The theoretical basis of allopathic medicine is that a single agent causes a single type of disease (Pasteur’s findings regarding infectious illness) and a specific therapy or surgery can be used to treat that disease. This is called the doctrine of specific etiology. This simple doctrine, the rapid symptom-relieving effects of synthetic drugs, and modern-day surgery concisely describe allopathic medicine. Allopathy is a term first coined by Samuel Christian Hahnemann to refer to mainstream medicine and to differentiate it from his creation of homeopathy.